Music that turns you on is never a bad thing; music that turns you on AND makes you want to break things? Even better! Denver-based hip-hop group, Cobraconda, brings their own brand of party rocking with their newest self-released EP, SPRINGBREAK, the perfect album to usher in those sweaty summer nights.
Before diving into the five-song EP, we may suggest lathering up with plenty of sunscreen, mixing up your favorite drink and maybe grab a condom or two. Scratch that. Grab A LOT of condoms. The first song off the disc, “Panama Beach,” instantly transports the listener to the ultimate spring break party. Ladies, the thumping bass and smooth lyrics from Graham Nation and Spencer Foreman will make you want to twerk it like never before. Chest-thumping beats and sexy flows on “SUPPERAVE,” make it one of the standout tracks on the album but if we had to pick a favorite, we’d say “Babe Ruth.”Favorite line of the whole EP: “Me and Mazzotta only burn white chicks.”
Foreman, Nation and Mike Mazzotta are dirty, foul-mouthed and tatted up, just the way we like it. With songs like “Dick Master,” they sound just like LMFAO…if LMFAO actually got laid. While most of the songs are about partying, getting laid and causing trouble, the flows rolling off Foreman and Nation’s tongues sound much more intelligentthan a lot of the main stream hip-hop blaring on the radio today.
With a five-song run time, the boys keep it short and sweet. If you feel like you’ve been ridden hard and put away wet after finishing SPRINGBREAK, no need to worry. I’m sure that’s exactly what the boys were looking for. The entire EP as well as their mix tape, Tha Carter 27 can be downloaded for FREE here.
Swaager: How has your sound evolved since the release of Tha Carter XXVII till now?
Spencer Foreman: Tha Carter 27 was just a fun little mix tape we put together to show our versions of certain sounds that were popular and floating around at the time. We normally don’t go that slowly on most of our songs tempo wise.
Graham Nation: Tha Carter 27 was written over years of Spencer and I doing music and changing the beats constantly because it was more fun that way live.
Mike Mazzotta: A majority of the songs from Tha Carter 27 were written before I really got involved. But none of them were done the way you hear them on the mix tape.
Swaager: With the release of your Spring Break EP, what big shows do you have coming up? Any summer festival appearances in the works?
Foreman: We have Dirt Nasty in the first week of June and the Westword Showcase soon there after. A lot more planned for later in the summer.
Swaager: If you could party/perform any place in the world, where would it be?
Foreman: The places that we wouldn’t be able to get to/afford without being musicians i.e. Japan, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand.
Mazzotta: I'm just excited to go anywhere. Skateboarding took me a lot of cool places. Cobraconda has already brought me to amazing places I've never been. I'm ready to see it all.
Swaager: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen or done at one of your shows
Foreman: I’ve punched somebody off the stage, I’ve come out of a blackout mid-set, and I’ve sold drugs to promoters and bought them. I’ve broken bones in my body, thrown pint glasses at the wall, blown fire…need more?
Mazzotta: Every show is crazy in its own way. Come check it out for yourself.
Swaager: What is the one thing that’s essential for your shows to be successful, dirty-sexy rap parties?
Foreman: It’s imperative for us to be extremely dirty and sexy first, and then the crowd just follows suit.
Nation: Drugs and Chicks
Mazzotta: They pretty much summed it up.
Swaager: What do you guys look for in groupies?
Foreman: I don’t mess with groupies, as Groucho Marx said, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.”
Swaager: How much do you guys actually get laid? Arrested?
Foreman: Laid? That’s Grahams’ department and arrested? Enough to piss me off but we try and stay off the 5/0’s radar. Prison doesn’t sound nearly as good as getting paid to get drunk.
Mazzotta: I’m pretty good at getting arrested for the worst shit…but we all try to duck the law as much as possible.
Swaager: Being largely local Colorado kids, how do you see yourselves fitting into the Denver music community? What has the support been like?
Foreman: Our friends and fans are the only reason we can do this. We’re not gonna appeal to everyone in the local scene but that’s fine by me. There are a lot of bitch ass tools in the local scene; they can have it if they want. We’re still gonna do what we do with our crew with little to no regard of what’s going on around us. Make your own scene.
Nation: Denver bands are pretty closet knit. We like to stick together; it’s a cold world out there.
Mazzotta: INCA HOUSE COLLECTIVE! If you don't know… ask someone.
Swaager: What do you guys feel like has been your greatest achievement as musicians so far?
Foreman: This question is a weird one. Everyday and every show is an achievement. A lot of things we thought would be the best for us have turned out soft and we’ve had a lot of surprises from things that we never really chased. Greatest achievement would have to be that somebody is reading this right now and listening to my dumbass flap my gums.
Mazzotta: Anytime people say the like what we do is rad. I’m just happy to travel and do cool shit with my friends.
Nation: Just being able to keep doing what we're doing is awesome.
Swaager: What are some of your major influences?
Foreman: Musically, we all have different influence but out biggest muse is probably just our lifestyle and the people that we surround ourselves with. Family. No juggalo.
Mazzotta: Yeah and maybe Kenny Fucking Powers
Swaager: What would a dream collaboration be?
Foreman: Tim Burton and Wu- Tang. Same project.
Nation: Cobraconda, TI and Waka Flocka!
Swaager: What have you been listening to lately?
Foreman: Dawes. Don’t ask.
Nation: Gucci Mane and Waka
Mazzotta: The boss of all bosses (Slim Thug)
Swaager: Any other projects or shows you want to mention?
Foreman: We all DJ on the side. Fun parties. Cobraconda does a DJ set every first Thursday of the month at the Sundown Saloon in Boulder and we’re around Denver quite a bit doing the same thing. We’ve also been working in the studio making a lot of beats. Get at us.